Anti-aging and Fiber

Reducing your risk of developing serious illnesses is truly a very important part of anti-aging. Having said that, it is imperative that you change your diet somewhat to ensure you are getting the most for your body’s needs.  Fiber is crucial to the body, even though it is not digestible. In addition to that, it hasn’t got any nutritional value. And, there are two kinds, soluble and insoluble. It is found in foods, and some of those foods have both.

The benefits of soluble fiber can reduce blood cholesterol.  That means that you could decrease your risk of developing heart disease. It also slows down the way the body and the blood absorb glucose.  So it is highly beneficial for those who are diabetic or pre-diabetic, and therefore, safe to say that it is a great way to fend off this disease.

You’ll find soluble fiber in the following foods:  oats, rye, seeds, psyllium, peas, dried beans, oat bran, brown rice, and barley.  It is also found in fruits and vegetables, but especially these:  apples, cantaloupe, nectarines, oranges, pears, strawberries and in carrots, cauliflower, corn, green peas, and sweet potatoes.

Insoluble fiber also has many benefits and is typically found in whole-wheat bread and cereal, corn and wheat bran, fruits and vegetables, especially in green beans, broccoli, parsnips and potatoes with their skin. This type of fibre softens stools and accelerates waste elimination.  It promotes regularity and can reduce the risk of developing hemorrhoids and colon cancer.  The wastes that sit in our bodies must be eliminated because they are toxic. So, you can see why this is very important to any diet. It is believed that the fibre binds with any potential bacteria that could lead to serious health conditions, and pushes it out of your body.

The other benefits that come with fiber is the fact that you feel fuller when you ingest it.  That means that you could easily lose weight by increasing your intake of these foods that are rich in fiber. Additionally, you will feel fuller for longer, meaning you won’t eat as much! But, you must take care of avoiding or reducing the other high-fat and high-calorie foods, as the combination could make you gain weight.

Ideally, average adults need anywhere between 25-35 grams of fiber each day.

When adding fiber to your diet, it must be done gradually, otherwise it could cause constipation.  In other words, you have to adjust to it and you must increase the amounts of fluids you drink.